NASCAR Disavows Racist Confederate Flag

It’s time to act upon and renew our vigorous pursuit of the principles we fought the Civil War over.

In a move of considerable courage,  but in keeping with the best American traditions, and with God on their side, NASCAR is actively discouraging the display of the blatantly racist Confederate flag in every aspect of the sport.

In a statement released yesterday, one of our most formidable racing institutions with deep roots and heritage in the South said as a group of race venues: “As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment.

“To do that, we are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events. This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events.

“We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols. This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing.”

• International Speedway Corporation (ISC)
• Auto Club Speedway
• Chicagoland Speedway
• Darlington Raceway
• Daytona International Speedway
• Homestead-Miami Speedway
• Kansas Speedway
• Martinsville Speedway
• Michigan International Speedway
• Phoenix International Raceway
• Richmond International Raceway
• Route 66 Raceway
• Talladega Superspeedway
• Watkins Glen International
• Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI)
• Atlanta Motor Speedway
• Bristol Motor Speedway
• Charlotte Motor Speedway
• Kentucky Speedway
• Las Vegas Motor Speedway
• New Hampshire Motor Speedway
• Sonoma Raceway
• Texas Motor Speedway
• Dover International Speedway
• Indianapolis Motor Speedway
• Pocono Raceway
• Iowa Speedway
• Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
• Road America
• Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
• Eldora Speedway
• Gateway Motorsports Park

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4 Responses to NASCAR Disavows Racist Confederate Flag

  1. J says:

    Now maybe they’ll ban drug dealer costumes from major boxing championships.

  2. Josh Clark says:

    Something has been weighing pretty heavily on me the past few days. I have had a few small discussions on the issue, but haven’t gotten too far into it. I wanted to share this, not for attention, but because I thought it needed to be done.

    It’s no big secret to my friends that I love to hunt, fish, camp and do pretty much anything outdoors. I have always considered myself to be a country boy stuck in the city. One of the ways that I used to show pride for my lifestyle was wearing t-shirts with the Confederate/ Rebel flag on them. In high school, I even had a bumper sticker on my truck that read “Keep It Flying”. I had grown up seeing the flag regularly, and although I had seen it used in negative ways on occasion, I chose to accept the “Heritage not Hate” and “Pride not Prejudice” interpretation of the flag. If you had asked me back then, I would’ve told you that it was a symbol of southern pride and had nothing to do with racism.

    I was raised pretty close to downtown Nashville and grew up with kids of all races with all kinds of backgrounds. I played baseball, basketball and football on teams where sometimes whites were minorities. I am very thankful for this. As I continue to grow and learn, I realize that we tend to fear things just because we don’t understand them. Because of where and how I was raised, I never feared people of other color or background. I was able to realize that we are all the same underneath. I have had white friends, black friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends, Latino friends, Christian friends, Muslim friends, Atheist friends, etc. Thankfully, I have never had a racist bone in my body.

    It wasn’t until well into my college years when I began to start thinking for myself. I no longer let the people I was raised by tell me how to view every issue and tried my best to be more open-minded. I believe that one of the most important things for us to do as humans is to try putting ourselves in others’ shoes before we make any kind of judgement.

    Although I never meant anything racist by sporting the Confederate flag, I couldn’t help but think of what some of my black friends thought about it. I really can’t think of a time that I was confronted about it. Did it not offend them? Were they too nice or afraid to confront me about it? The more I researched about the history of the flag, the worse I felt. What I had been told about its history was wrong. Thousands of southerners still fly the flag with no racist intent. They still defend the good things they’ve been told about the flag. They, like I once was, are WRONG. The flag is a symbol of a way of life that was wrong. Not that it needs to be stated, but slavery is one of the most evil and cruel things this world has ever seen. The Confederate flag represents this evil. Where is the pride in that? The Confederate flag is also a sign of division. How can you truly be a patriot of this country and fly this flag? Do we really need to fly a flag to show that we are southern, or that we like to hunt and fish, especially when it’s offensive to so many? It is not a kind thing, a good thing, or the right thing to do.

    To those against removing the flag, I do not think you are a bad person. I know what it once meant to me. I do, however, challenge you to do your research. Step outside of what your family taught you and be open-minded. Even if you believe in a different history lesson, is flying a flag worth the pain it causes others? Please try to view these issues from the other side of the argument.

    To those I may have offended in the past, who never confronted me, I apologize. I was WRONG.

    As our country continues to move forward on equality issues, I believe the only place for the Confederate flag is in our history books.

  3. On July 9th Republican Leaders were forced to unceremoniously pull a major bill from the House Floor after a fight erupted over the Confederate flag. The House had been debating the annual funding bill for the Department of Interior and was at the very end of the bill when the Republican Chair of the Committee offered a last-minute amendment that would have reversed an earlier vote to ban Confederate flags at federal cemeteries managed by the National Parks Service. Outraged Democrats demanded a recorded vote, which was postponed to the next day. Faced with a growing firestorm of public disapproval, Republican Leaders decided to abandon the Interior funding bill rather than vote on their own Confederate flag amendment.

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